Getting English TV

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Hi everyone a little help please. I've lived in dusseldorf for three months now and am a bit fed up of CNN and bbc world!!! Can any on tell me the best easiest and a cheap way of getting TV from home please. I have satellite in our new flat(which we move into in jan) but I'm not sure what supplier and if it has english channels. If it has great but I'm sure it's german. The miss's just wants to watch correy when she gets home from work. So there's sky? There's Apple TV? There's bringing a box over from England and using that? There's using sky multi-room and bringing over here? I don't know and it's all a bit confusing. What's the thing of VPN then what do you do next? All I want is bbc1/2, ITV, etc can some one explain things simply for me please.

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That is indeed the quickest way, if you already have an internet connection..!

As New in Dustbindorf, it can take a week or two to get a t-kom connection setup and running.

The more reliable and better quality method is to take a freesat box from the Uk and get a dish fitted

Bavaria Satellites will be able to service your area in the new year..

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There are a few other sites that stream BBC channels; mostly reliable but sometimes you need to hunt around to determine which stream is currently running.

http://atdhenet.tv/

(also good source for live sports)

http://livetvcafe.net/video/X6R47664W52Y/BBC-ONE

http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/bbc-1-live-stream

(you can adjust the address for other channels, for example ...bbc-2-live-stream)

http://nowwatchtvlive.com/2011/08/watch-dave-channel-uk-online-dave-uk-channel-dave-uk-stream/

(this one is a bit of a memory hog; works best using Chrome, you can also adjust the address to get the channel you're looking for)

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This thread is a godsend. Thanks!

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There is a guy on here who is based in NRW and specialises in setting up satellite TV for Brit ex-pats. His user ID is something like ITV5...

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There is also Spiderpig the most reliable on Toytown

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Ok, as mentioned, one of the best ways is to get the dish in your apartment building modified and possibly along with the cabling so that you are pointing to the correct satellite. Normally, German channels are on a different sat and few places are set up directly for UK TV. This can be done however, but it is likely you will need to get permission from your building, maybe the other owners, and almost certainly your landlord. We own our own place, and found it near impossible here as we need 100% agreement from all the other owners. If you have a balcony facing the right direction, and there is no rules against dishes on the balcony, this may be another option.

If all that fails, don't worry. There are ways to get the UK channels via the internet. You will need a reasonably good broadband connection, but it would be very unlikely that your new apartment couldn't have this. My 16Mbps Internet (which never exceeds 11Mbps) is fast enough.

FilmOn was mentioned above and is by far the best bet of the ones mentioned. It covers enough of the FTA channels (BBC, ITV, 4, 5, Dave etc), is free for the basic service and has a few advantages. Don't be too dismayed by the video quality on the PC. If you use via a modern iPad or iPhone, and you have an Apple TV (2 or 3), the Airplay quality is on your main TV is much better than what you see on the PC. By Airplay, I mean the wireless streaming across to your living room TV.

The basic FilmOn free package offers some basic recording functions, but I find that to be very unreliable. That said, possibly their paid service is better - I can't say as I never use that.

One of the best ways to go though, is using a VPN or SmartDNS to access the on-demand content - This is needed to overcome the geo-blocking. I prefer a SmartDNS as this can be set up on more equipment, and because it's not a VPN, your normal internet usage is not all funneled through to the UK so it is much faster - it also opens up far more than just UK TV as you can get US, Australian, Irish, TV etc as well.

The BBC iPlayer offers many shows in HD and this works wonderfully through a SmartDNS service. I have a Samsung TV which has both the BBC & ITV apps, and using my SmartDNS, I can watch HD BBC or average quality ITV shows on demand, without the need of another box. You could also do this from your iPad or iPhone to Apple TV again with Airplay (The BBC is especially impressive here) but 4oD is still a problem getting on the main TV.

At this stage, one of the best ways is to connect a laptop to your TV, but this will probably be easier next year as Channel 4 has hinted new options coming. (Many say the XBOX has all of the main free UK Networks on-demand available, but above the SmartDNS or VPN, you need to pay Microsoft as well)

How easy is it to set up? Very. There are some videos you can watch on this link below which shows UK Television either being Airplayed across to the TV using FilmOn, or using the BBC iPlayer in Germany with SmartDNS to overcome the geo-blocking. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAY-VX5izUNX9oLa1KrRtOw?feature=mhee

Now, I use Overplay, although there are other services around. I've found Overplay to be excellent and are happy to recommend them. You can ask them for a trial service and be up and running watching all the UK catchup pretty much immediately, at least on your computer. They charge approx €4 a month (depending on the exchange rate) which is not a lot - of course, this gives access to the free services, not paid subscriptions like Sky or Netflix! Myself and others will also be happy to help you getting all that on to your main tele which is where television belongs at the end of the day. Anyway, here is a link to Overplay

I'll be honest though and say the above is a referral link from me. This means, if you sign up to their paid service after the trial period using that link, I get a small bit knocked off my monthly bill. But I am pretty impressed with the service and honestly recommend it. You can just go direct to their site as well, bypassing my link and that's no problem of course.

In my last apartment, I had a freeSat box, and my own dish on the balcony and enjoyed UK television the normal way. I was quite guttered when we moved into our new apartment and found that impossible, so I spent quite a bit of time figuring out how to get the best quality UK television onto my TV in Frankfurt - And now that I have, I'm more than happy to help others get it as well.

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Totally agree with ovbg. A VPN means I could watch The Killing III on iPlayer without waiting an extra month for the DVD, and a lot of good stuff is coming up over Christmas. My VPN provider (goldenfrog.com) is a bit more expensive, but also runs on my Android devices. There are free services, but in my experience they are unreliable and throttle your speed. Mine gives me about 80% of the normal download speed, essential for watching HD content.

If I were in the the UK or US where all internet usage is (or will be) monitored, my VPN would be on all day. Germany may take a bit longer to catch up, but if you are at all concerned about who is watching your traffic (your internet provider, perhaps), a VPN is the answer.

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A friend of mine gets everything I get (on Satellite and digi box) through Apple TV. Somehow connected to her I Pad, and a connector through a gadget to the TV.

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Can anyone advise me...if I buy a freesat pvr from Amazon.de will it come with German as default menu language or do you think this is configurable? Thanks!

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Amazon.de don't sell Freesat PVRs.

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Hi, not sure if this is where I should be posting, but it's kind of the same topic, so here we go...

Our Sky Box just died (won't come out of standby - tried unplugging it for a bit, pressing the back up button, pressing the arrows etc., but nothing worked). I'm clueless when it comes to technology, so can I just check I've understood all the stuff I've read right?...

What we want:

BBC 1, 2, 3

ITV 1, 2

Channel 4

Sky News would be nice

Don't need any paid channels

What we have:

Satellite set up to Astra

Dead Sky Box

Sky Card (no idea where it's registered or what name it's in - took it over from a friend who moved away)

Can we just buy a new receiver (box) from Media Markt or somewhere and still receive these channels?? Or do we need to get a new sky box or freesat box from the UK?

Hope someone can help! In the meantime, Filmon is filling the gap nicely, although I can't get the sound to work on the TV, so having to watch it on the laptop :(

Thanks!

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Thanks John, it seems I'm not a long-term reputable user (well I think joining in 2007 would make me long-term, so I'm obviously not reputable... oh dear :P ) so I can't access the link. I'll see if I can get in touch with him another way.

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I´m also unreputable, Loops! Maybe a cleverer person than I can provide the link! Spider ( Geoff) is well-known here as the man for tellies and stuff! I, meanwhile, am famous for being tired all the time! G :D ood night!

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FilmOn is no longer showing BBC1 or ITV1, does anyone know if this is permanent? Thanks.

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@ Loops - you don't need a Sky box or a Freesat box to receive free-to-air UK TV. Any Sat receiver should work, although I would recommend getting one that is able to receive HD channels and have someone who is in the know come and set it up. If you have an Astra dish pointed at the right angle that is the main thing.

I have an HD sat receiver bought in Germany and I get everything except for the odd few channels which are exclusive to Freesat. Dave and some of the music channels being the obvious ones i can think of that I can't get. I can get BBC, ITV, C4 and all of their spin-offs along with all the news channels.

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We have a sky digi box and dedicated dish for UK stations we get all FTA stations about 80 uk channels, no problems and I have a contact who will fix it up for you around NRW with a 80cm dish at a one off cost of €200/250 which includes dish and cables and digi box. The main problem seems to be the landlord. You must get their permission to put up the dish.

We are based between DUS and Cologne.

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Thanks Chickenmadras, I think that's what we'll do then - HD sat receiver.

And thanks alexingohr, but we already have the dish etc. it's just the receiver that's stopped working. Although regarding the permission from the landlord - the Makler who we went through for our flat reckons it's our right to be able to receive tv in our own language, so a landlord can't disagree to a dish. Don't know if that's right, and we did as the landlord for permission anyway... only seems polite to!

Katrina, I watched ITV1 and BBC1 on Filmon last night, and it's still working today.

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FilmOn is no longer showing BBC1 or ITV1, does anyone know if this is permanent? Thanks.

At the top of the country/Channel index they have created a new group called "Top 10 Channels" you will find them both there.

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Thanks! *blush*

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At the top of the country/Channel index they have created a new group called "Top 10 Channels" you will find them both there.

That's pretty impractical from FilmOn. Let's hope it's just a bug and returns to normal soon. FilmOn have made some odd moves like this in the past only for it to return back a few days later.

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Anyone tried this yet? http://www.uktveverywhere.com/index.html

$140 for the box and $25 a month for the service. Seems a little steep to me, but could be the answer for some folks.

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